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‘Pay for content, don’t block it’: Frydenberg warns Google over news experiment – Sydney Morning Herald

The Treasurer has rebuked Google for preventing some local users from seeing news websites, saying it should instead focus on paying for original content.

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A Google spokesman said the project would end early next month.
“We’re currently running a few experiments that will each reach about 1 per cent of Google Search users in Australia to measure the impacts of news businesses and Google Search on each other,” he said on Wednesday.
“In 2018, the value we provided to publishers through referral traffic alone was estimated at $218 million.
The admission from Google whose parent company Alphabet is worth more than $US1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) on the stock…

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